BILOXI -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore linebacker Justin Lucas said defensive coordinator Jordan Lesley had important instructions prior to the team's game against No. 2 Iowa Western C.C. on Sunday afternoon. "He told us to go out and get some turnovers," Lucas said. Lesley had no idea how well the Lions would grant his wish.
BILOXI -- The No. 1 East Mississippi Community College football team knew the time had arrived for a drive. Scoring never has been a problem for one of the nation's most prolific offenses. However, the stage was different and the stakes were much higher.
Kim Mulkey's resume includes nearly everything any player and/or coach could want. Mulkey won two national championships as a player at Louisiana Tech (1981, 1982) and won gold medals as a member of the United States' team in the 1983 Pan American Games and at the 1984 Olympics.
Just like the famous Van Morrison song said, Matt Insell knew his team would have days like the one it had Thursday night. The Ole Miss women's basketball team shot 24.3 percent in the first half and trailed Western Kentucky by 24 points. The Rebels played much better in the second half, but the first 20 minutes helped set the stage for a 98-69 loss at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
NEW ORLEANS -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team erased a seven-point lead in the second half, but it couldn't make enough shots to win its first true road game of the season Saturday, losing to Tulane 59-54 at Devlin Fieldhouse.
STARKVILLE - Rick Ray wasn't shy about making his goals known entering his third year as Mississippi State's men's basketball coach.
STARKVILLE -- It hasn't long for LaKaris Salter to gain the support of the fans at Humphrey Coliseum. Whether it has been spin moves, deft passes, or potential layups of breakaways, the freshman has dazzled Mississippi State women's basketball fans with her offensive skills.
Michael Lotief's job is to identify potential. In 12 seasons as co-head coach or coach of the University of Louisiana Lafayette softball program, Lotief has advanced to the NCAA tournament every year. In the process, Lotief has compiled a 596-147-1 (.801) record, so he's accustomed to identifying elite prospects and developing their skills at Division I's highest level.
STARKVILLE -- It's likely no member of this year's Mississippi State football team enjoyed the Bulldogs' rise to the nation's elite as much as safety Jay Hughes.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens took great pride in playing for a national championship in Mississippi last season.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama men's basketball coach Anthony Grant emphasized that it was a team win as Alabama defeated South Florida 82-71 Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE -- Breanna Richardson couldn't help break into a broad smile Tuesday night following the No. 23 Mississippi State women's basketball team's 109-58 victory against North Dakota State. Richardson had every reason to be pleased with a 17-point, 13-rebound performance that was a part of five players in double figures and a season-high 12 Bulldogs in the scoring column.
JACKSON -- Hugh Freeze said his program's breakthrough season is proof that Ole Miss can be competitive in the Southeastern Conference and a program to be reckoned with on a national level. Now he wants to prove this year was no fluke -- and he'll do it with a brand new contract in hand.
SCOOBA -- Buddy Stephens had a postseason plan written down seven seasons ago when he took over the East Mississippi Community College football program.
STARKVILLE - For the first time in more than five years, Mississippi State finds itself searching for a volleyball coach.
STARKVILLE - Three days after Ole Miss topped Mississippi State to win the Egg Bowl, the Rebels and Bulldogs will go head-to-head again tonight with the state's top individual football award up for grabs.
STARKVILLE -- The gang is nearly all back.
OXFORD -- The Mississippi State football team won't win a national championship this season. The Bulldogs won't play for a Southeastern Conference title, either.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Amari Cooper tied his school record with 224 yards receiving and caught three touchdown passes in No. 2 Alabama's 55-44 comeback victory against No. 15 Auburn on Saturday night in the highest-scoring Iron Bowl. Quarterback Blake Sims and the Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) turned to the Heisman Trophy contender for touchdown strikes of 39 and 75 yards in the third quarter.
OXFORD -- Jaylen Walton had nowhere to run. He tried the middle and found nothing. He tried the right and found nothing. Mississippi State's defense had the Ole Miss tailback hemmed in. Then they didn't.
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